Transferring Photos from Camera to an XP Computer and Burning them to CD

For the really uninitiated using XP computers, a simple job such as transferring the photos from a newly bought digital camera to the PC and then burning them on to a CD can a daunting task. However, if you follow the steps listed out below, you cannot go wrong.

Transferring the Photos to your XP computer

There are two ways to do this:

  1. The first is to use the default software that comes with your camera – be it of a Samsung, Nikon, Canon, or any other make.
    1. In this method, you use the USB cable to plug in your camera to a USB port on your computer.
    2. Make sure that your default camera software is already installed on it. After that your, camera is detected by the software, and it starts by itself. [In case it doesn’t, you should locate the program in the Start Menu -> Programs menu and start it manually.]
    3. Then, the software will guide you through the various steps of transferring the photos from the camera. [The exact details vary from case to case.]
  2. The other way is to use the memory card that is there in your camera. For this either you have to have a Memory Card Reader slot on your PC/laptop, or you need to have a Memory Card Reader that goes into a USB port.
    1. Plug in the memory card of the camera.
    2. It will be detected as a separate drive in My Computer.
    3. Simply open the directory, and copy-paste/move the photos as you would any normal files located on your PC.
    4. Eject the drive when you are done.

Burning the photos to a CD

There are numerous options to do this. You can either use the default application in XP – which is to first insert a writable CD in the computer, and then copy the folder contents to the new CD drive. This starts a Write Contents to CD wizard that guides you through the burning process.

Alternatively, you can also use different burning softwares such Nero, Roxio, etc. that are easily available on the web.